Anti-Malware

Anatomy of an Attack

Anatomy of an Attack

Traditional approaches to security breaches on the Internet will no longer work. A multi-vector attack requires a multi-vector security strategy.

When signature-less security requires signatures

When signature-less security requires signatures

The recent outbreak of the Flashback trojan on Mac computers is a case study in how unprepared security professionals are for dealing with malware that's not specific to Windows.

The "caught red-handed" league

The "caught red-handed" league

There's a certain amount of tension between testers and vendors from time to time, even in the rarified atmosphere of an AMTSO workshop.

Making risk management more manageable

Making risk management more manageable

Most businesses don't understand how to manage risk, yet, we live in a world full of risks, says Guidance Software's Anthony Di Bello.

Stratfor subscribers targeted by malware-ridden emails

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A letter addressed to the stolen email addresses of Stratfor customers claims to be a helpful reminder of malware scams, but is actually bait to spread the Zbot trojan.

Best Anti-Malware Gateway & Best Anti-Malware Management

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Beginning now and throughout the day, SC Magazine will be announcing the finalists from each of its 32 award categories. The winners of the 2012 SC Awards U.S. will be announced Feb. 28 in San Francisco. We will end today by revealing the finalists for the much-anticipated Best Security Team and CSO of the Year honors.

The virus problem is worse than you think

The virus problem is worse than you think

With record numbers of threats and the increasing inability to detect them through traditional means, the time is now for the anti-virus industry to reinvent itself.

Microsoft Windows 8 will ship with built-in anti-virus

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Microsoft may face challenges from anti-virus rivals after announcing this week that the next version of Windows will come with built-in AV protection.

Kaspersky says McAfee report is all bark and no bite

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McAfee is dealing with another round of industry disparagement over its "Shady RAT" report, which chronicled a five-year-long hacking campaign.

Looking beyond anti-virus to limit costs, attacks

Looking beyond anti-virus to limit costs, attacks

Anti-virus technology is still integral to the security baseline of any organization, but because of advanced attacks, firms must consider complementary solutions.

Is malware on the decline, or is evasion on the rise?

Is malware on the decline, or is evasion on the rise?

While some studies point to a decrease in malware, that is more of an indication that virus writers are getting better at hiding their wares.

Webroot acquires anti-malware provider Prevx

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Internet security firm Webroot on Monday announced that it has acquired cloud-based, anti-malware solutions provider Prevx for an undisclosed sum. U.K.-based Prevx uses behavior-based malware detection to protect consumer and business customers from malware, including zero-day exploits. Boulder, Colo.-based Webroot plans to integrate Prevx's technology into its cloud security services. This is the second cloud acquisition Webroot has made this year, after picking up website classification company BrightCloud in July. — AM

Trojan found disguised as Microsoft anti-virus product

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A trojan masquerading as the anti-virus product Microsoft Security Essentials attempts to trick users into installing a rogue security program, according to researchers at anti-virus firm F-Secure.

Part two: Blacklists, clustering and The Matrix

Part two: Blacklists, clustering and The Matrix

Using the analogy of workers inspecting marbles of varying colors, the author explains how organizations can apply clustering to defend against evolving threats.

The changing face of anti-virus testing

The changing face of anti-virus testing

As malicious code morphs in its sophistication, anti-malware testers must, too, evolve with the times to protect security companies and end-users.

GFI buys Sunbelt Software for its anti-malware offering

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GFI Software, a security provider that caters to small and midsize businesses, announced Tuesday that it has acquired anti-virus company Sunbelt Software.

Rogue AV: A wolf in sheep's clothing

Rogue anti-malware, also known as rogue AV, has become the delivery vehicle of choice for the cybercriminals seeking to infect endpoints with their payloads.

Webroot buys BrightCloud for website reputation services

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Internet security firm Webroot announced Wednesday that it has acquired BrightCloud, provider of hosted web content reputation and classification services for vendors. Now part of the Boulder, Colo.-based Webroot, BrightCloud's product will be integrated into its malware detection and security-as-a-service offerings. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. — DK

Kraken botnet re-emerges 318,000 nodes strong

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Kraken, a large and difficult-to-detect botnet that peaked in 2008 and was dismantled by early 2009, is back, and anti-virus solutions are struggling to detect it, according to university researchers.

Avenging host: The impact of virtualization on network security

Avenging host: The impact of virtualization on network security

Virtualization is quickly transforming the IT landscape, but some organizations may have overlooked the security ramifications it presents.

Sophos sells majority stake to private equity group

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A private equity firm on Tuesday purchased a majority interest of Sophos, which recently dropped plans to IPO, for $830 million.

Rootkit to blame for Windows fix resulting in blue screen

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Microsoft has concluded that PCs displaying the "blue screen of death" when trying to install a February patch contain a rootkit.

Sophos partners with bit.ly

Sophos, maker of anti-malware solutions, has partnered with bit.ly, a utility for shortening, sharing and tracking links, to provide visibility into infected websites through its behavior detection capabilities, search engine partnerships and anti-spam honeypots.

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